I followed all steps on SPI module on Raspberry Pi 2, without success, no way to make this work on a Pi2...

On /boot/config/txt there is:


On /etc/modules:


Blacklist file is empty. lsmod returns

spi_bcm2835             7216  0 

ls /dev/spi* returns:

/dev/spidev0.0  /dev/spidev0.1

But still I get no electric activity on any SPI pin. Connected a scope on SCK pin (pin #23, GPIO11/SPI_CLK) and nothing. Tryed :

echo -ne "\x01\x02\x03" > /dev/spidev0.0

and also run the spi_test application (returns all zeroes).

Any hint on what I am doing wrong?

The Pi is running latest version of raspbian

  • Could you post a link to the 'other SPI module post' you mention in your first sentence?
    – goobering
    Feb 29, 2016 at 14:21
  • Does it work without the /etc/modules entry? I thought the DT was an alternative way to load modules.
    – PaulF8080
    Apr 1, 2016 at 13:57
  • Yes, it is, but unfortunately I'm not quite familiar with DT syntax and wasn't able to make it work that way. Apr 4, 2016 at 14:51

1 Answer 1


Just adding the pi user to the spi group solved the problem:

sudo adduser pi spi

Running the spi_test program after that all went OK.

  • Are the pin outs different on version 1 and 2 of the pi ?
    – Robin
    Dec 17, 2018 at 16:40

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